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Grassroots 2017

Grassroots: Central Ohio Worker Center Fights for Workers’ Rights

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Grassroots: Central Ohio Worker Center Fights for Workers’ Rights

It’s easy to feel invisible as a minimum wage worker, washing dishes as people gather and socialize over brunch, or whacking weeds as the neighborhood joggers pass by. These workers no doubt contribute to the growing success of the city, but their minimum wage status often allows for this success to hover over them, just […]

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Grassroots: CAIR Columbus Defends Muslim Civil Rights

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Grassroots: CAIR Columbus Defends Muslim Civil Rights

As the division seems to widen between people of different faith and color, one organization is working to bridge the gap. The national organization Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) started a Columbus chapter in 1997 with the purpose of educating non-Muslim Americans on issues that impact the Muslim community. After 9/11 and the resulting shift […]

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Grassroots: SURJ Columbus Uses “People Power” to Work Against Racial Injustice

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Grassroots: SURJ Columbus Uses “People Power” to Work Against Racial Injustice

Getting involved in the fight for racial justice can be intimidating for the average white progressive. Where do you fit? How do you let your voice be heard without drowning out the black and brown voices of the movement? How do you contribute without coming off as a “white savior?” Showing Up for Racial Justice […]

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Grassroots: Ohio Revolution Leads Statewide Resistance

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Grassroots: Ohio Revolution Leads Statewide Resistance

Liberals have been busy for the last 10 days. Since Donald Trump’s rise to presidency, he’s signed 18 Executive Orders. His signature has halted the US Refugee Admissions Program and banned immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. It’s advanced on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and stripped federal funding […]

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Grassroots: The Socialist Alternative Fights for the Working Class in Columbus

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Grassroots: The Socialist Alternative Fights for the Working Class in Columbus

If there’s mobilization behind a progressive policy, more than likely the Socialist Alternative is involved. The international organization, originating in the UK in the 50s and landing stateside in 1984, established its Columbus chapter in 2013. “We’re not a single issue organization,” said Kyle Landis, local activist and member of the Socialist Alternative. “Anywhere people […]

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